(Event release, 3/6/2013) SPECTATORS will see the world’s fastest rally drivers and cars in breath-taking action on every stage of Coates Hire Rally Australia when the FIA World Rally Championship comes to the New South Wales Coffs Coast on 12-15 September.
A wide choice of tickets now on sale from rallyaustralia.com.au and ticketek.com at pre-event discount prices as low as $15 offers viewing at 30 locations on 22 competition Special Stage over three days and three nights.
A more compact course and major expansion of spectating options, including the city-based, nightly ARMOR ALL Super Special Stage and the all-new Flooded Gum Rally Village on the final day, have been designed to appeal to everyone from dedicated rally fans to families.
The 22nd Rally Australia will showcase the talents of driving stars such as Sebastien Ogier of France, Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala, Dani Sordo of Spain and Evgeny Novikov of Russia as the WRC visits the Coffs Coast for Round 10 of its 13-nation tour.
“Coates Hire Rally Australia will be the ultimate entertainment experience, with drivers contesting motorsport’s most challenging international series against the backdrop of the beautiful Coffs Coast tourist region,” says Event Manager David Catchpole.
“And spectators won’t need to be rally fans to enjoy every minute. The WRC brings fan-friendly stars from many countries, the drama of fierce competition to be World Champion and a fantastic crowd atmosphere on the Stages.
“If you haven’t seen a WRC rally before, it’s international sport at its best.”
Organisers expect the most popular venues to be the ARMOR ALL Super Special Stage at the Rally Hub in Brelsford Park, Coffs Harbour on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and the Flooded Gum Rally Village on Sunday’s Wedding Bells Special Stage.
In one location buzzing with action day and night just a block from the centre of Coffs Harbour, the Rally Hub will combine the ARMOR ALL Super Special Stage, Service Park and merchandise and food outlets.
Cars on the Super Special Stage will race two-at-a-time in pursuit style on a former velodrome and adjacent streets. General Admission, Grandstand and Corporate Hospitality viewing will be available.
Daytime Special Stages will be grouped in a Central Leg on Friday, Southern Leg on Saturday and Northern Leg on Sunday, all within easy driving distance of Coffs Harbour.
“Enthusiast” tickets will provide full facilities, while lower-priced “Community” tickets are expected to appeal to dedicated enthusiasts willing to drive or walk extra distance.
Spectating highlights will include the event’s longest stage, the 50km Nambucca I and II on Saturday, and, on Sunday, the Flooded Gum Rally Village and Power Stage.
Flooded Gum will allow extended viewing of the rally cars from three different aspects, while providing commentary, food and drink outlets, corporate hospitality facilities and toilets.
Four spectator points, including a water splash at Shipmans Rd, will cover the rally-closing Power Stage, a challenging 29km test that could decide the overall result.
The $15 ticket buys adult general admission to all “Community” spectator points on any day.
But on the evidence of the previous Coffs Coast Rally Australia in 2011, most spectators are likely to buy an Event Super Pass, which will admit holders to all locations from Thursday to Sunday. The pass will cost $175, or $215* with grandstand seating at the ARMOR ALL Super Special Stage.
(* This price was incorrectly reported as $195 in the original version of this article.)
A Family Event Super Pass for two adults and two children aged between 5 and 16 is priced at $559.
Ticket holders will be directed to their chosen spots by a comprehensive Spectator Guide, to be published shortly, which will provide photographs, map directions and GPS coordinates able to be viewed on smartphones and tablet computers.
Information on Corporate Hospitality is available on rallyaustralia.com.au, or by contacting the organisers’ office on (02) 6649 4872 or [email protected].